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Tidbits of Nectar from SP Srimad Bhagavatam lectures--​Vol 3

Hare Krsna to All


Glories to Srila Prabhupada


Below is Volume three of the series of Srimad Bhagavatam Nectar  lecture series delivered over time by Srila Prabhupada.  What you will find is some tidbits of nectar within each of these talks that we have pulled out and saved into a file and now deliver to you for your enjoyment and spiritual illumination.


We know that many of you, if not most of you will probably not read it all, but if you just hear or read some of it, you benefit since it is transcendental vibration coming from the lotus mouth of a pure devotee of God. We also know that we dont know who will benefit from reading these things but know that somebody will derive benefit in some ways I will probably never understand. For that reason only, we continue delivering the "mail".


Hare Krsna,

Damaghosa das




SB lectures Vol 3


1. 740804SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 So Narada Munigot this opportunity. Now, you can calculate. This is knowledge. Then

he had the opportunity to serve these yogis for four months only. Not

more than that. And he became Narada. Just understand how much

powerful is service to the Vaisnavas, devotees. And that is also

confirmed in the Srimad-Bhagavatam:


 …All the people who are less than the sudras. They are called

pancamas, fifth grade. First grade, brahmana, second grade, ksatriya,

third grade, vaisya, fourth grade, sudra, and all others--fifth grade.

They are called candalas. The candalas... The sweeper, the cobbler,

and the... Low grade. Still, in India, these fifth-grade persons only,

they eat meat, pigs, and sometimes cows. Fifth grade. Now it has

become a practice. And he's a first-grade man. So just see. What was

the business of the fifth-grade men, that has become the business of

the so-called politicians. You see. So if you are ruled by the

fifth-grade men, then how you can be happy? That is not possible.


2. 740806SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

So before this creation. Bhutva bhutva praliyate. We are in this material

contamination not that in this millennium--before that. Just like

millennium after millennium. Narada Muni was speaking his life before

this millennium. So anadi. Anadi means creation. But not only one

creation, several creations, we are forgotten, or we are in this

material world. Krsna-bahirmukha hana bhoga vancha... We are searching

after material comfort, material comfort, sense gratification, in so

many ways. So anadi karama-phale padi' bhavarnava-jale, taribare na

dekhi upaya. In this way we are going.


3. 740806SB.VRN                   Lectures                  

Tad-dharma. Sakrt bhunje. One side is apasta-kilbisah. Kilbisah means

the sinful reaction of life. To reduce the reaction of sinful life.

Because unless we are sinful, we cannot remain within this... A

prisoner means a criminal. As soon as you find a person in the

prisonhouse you should understand that he's a criminal. That

criminality may be of different degrees, that is another thing, but

he's a criminal. Similarly, anyone, beginning from Brahma down to the

germ in the stool, they're all sinful. All sinful. People will be

surprised that "Brahma is also sinful?" Yes. Brahma has also desired

that "I shall be the supreme creature within this brahmanda, whole

universe." A little or more.

…Something belongs to somebody, and if you make a plan to possess that

thing, is it not criminal? So actually, Krsna is the bhokta. Bhoktaram

yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram. He is the proprietor, sarva-loka.

Not a single plot of land belongs to you. Isavasyam idam sarvam.

Actually Krsna is the proprietor of everything, He is the enjoyer of

everything. Then why I shall desire to enjoy and own the property?

This is criminal. This is criminal. That may be in small portion. That

is going on. The ant is also struggling for existence to possess a

grain of sugar, and somebody is trying to possess some state, and

somebody is trying to possess the whole universe. But the status of

mentality is the same. So this mentality means criminality. This

mentality: "How I shall become enjoyer? How I shall possess this?"

Krsna-bahirmukha hana bhoga vancha kare. He forgets. When one forgets

that Krsna is the enjoyer, Krsna is the proprietor, as soon as he

forgets and tries to become himself the enjoyer or himself the

proprietor, immediately maya captures.


We want this kind of God, Krsna, Urukrama. So how this Urukrama, one

can surrender? Naisam matis tavad urukrama anghrim. Anghrim means this

leg. How one can be attached? Now, what is the use of taking shelter

of Krsna's lotus feet? Because these misgivings, this garbage of

different types of desires, will be finished. So how it is possible?

Niskincananam mahiyasam pada-rajo-'bhisekam. So long one does not take

the dust of the lotus feet of a devotee who is niskincana, who has

nothing to do with this material world... But he's exalted in Krsna

consciousness. Unless you do that, there is no possibility. Mahiyasam



4. 740809SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

you, your, you are not free from the material bondage. When you become

a pure Vaisnava, then you are free from the bondage of the material

world. And to become Vaisnava, you require this devotion, bhakti.

Bhakti. Immediately, beginning of bhakti means rajas-tamopaha, upaha.

One who is situated even beginning, he is above the rajas-tamo-guna.

He's situated... Tada kama-lobha...

   There is a... There is a verse. Nasta-prayesv abhadresu nityam

bhagavata-sevaya. Here the same thing is described, that

sankirtyamanam munibhir mahatmabhih. Sankirtyamanam. We have to hear

the sankirtana not from professional men. That will not be... If you

hear sankirtana from the professional men... Professional men: who

makes sankirtana as the means of livelihood. Just like people do some

business or work to get some money to maintain the life, similarly, if

somebody takes the sankirtana as the means of livelihood, that will

not help you. You can go on hearing sankirtana from such professional

men for millions of years; still, you will remain where you are, not

rajas-tamopaha. You cannot get out of the bondage of... Therefore you

have to hear from the sankirtyamanam munibhir mahatmabhih. Mahatma.

Mahatma means mahatmanas tu mam partha daivim prakrtim asritah,

bhajanty ananya-manasah. Mahatma means those who have finished thismaterial business.


5. 740810SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

accept me as the chief of this institution. There must be one chief.

Otherwise there will be no management. It will be chaotic. So we are

atma, and Krsna is also atma. But He is Paramatma. We are isvara.

Krsna is also isvara. But He's Paramesvara. Therefore we have named

"Godhead" purposefully, not "God." We don't say "Back to God." We say,

"Back to Godhead.""Head" means the chief. Everyone can claim that "I

am God," because everyone has got some power, little power. But not

the supreme power. That is Krsna.


6. 740811SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   Unfortunately, it has become a fashion now to interpret

Bhagavad-gita in their own foolish way and mislead the public. This I

have repeatedly spoken in many places, that in the Western countries

so many swamis and yogis, they went there. For the last, at least, one

hundred years. One hundred years, from India many swamis and yogis had

been... Still they are going. But they could not turn even a single

person to Krsna consciousness. Not a single person. Throughout the

whole history of these hundred years of swamis going to the Western

countries, but could not turn even a single soul to understand Krsna.

This is a fact. It is not that I am very proud. No. The truth must be

spoken. Why they could not do so? The defect was that they did not say

what Krsna said directly. They said their own words. They manufactured

their own philosophy….. This is mercifulness. A guru's business is to deliver

the same message as Krsna said. Then he's dina-vatsala. Otherwise, if

he says something else, he's a cheater. He's not guru…


7. 740811SB.VRN                   Lectures                           

living entities, we have got independence--but dependent on the

independence of Krsna. Not absolute independence. So... Therefore we

become entangled in our own karma. Krsna does not give anyone a

position or karma. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, that He does

not give anyone a better position or anyone an inferior position.

Everyone creates his own position. Krsna simply orders that "This is

your position. Now you enjoy or suffer." We create our own position.


8. 740813SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

Naisthika-brahmacari. So brahmacari, grhastha, then not to stuck up

with the family affairs up to the end of death. No. At a certain

stage, after fifty years, he must give up. That is called vanaprastha.

And then, after being trained up in vanaprastha very nicely, he takes

sannyasa. This is brahmana's..., four asrama. And for the ksatriya, up

to vanaprastha. Up to vanaprastha. Just like Maharaja Yudhisthira and

all the brothers, they left home, but the wife was there. That is

called vanaprastha. They did not take sannyasa. Ksatriya. Up to

vanaprastha. Vaisyas. No vanaprastha, no sannyasa. Up to grhastha.

Brahmacari... Brahmacari is compulsory for the dvija. Because there is

the training. And for the sudra there is no brahmacari. Only grhastha,

married. Otherwise, life will be very irregular. So in this way

varnasrama. So there are duties.


9. 740816SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 How I shall know that I have satisfied Him or dissatisfied Him?" No, sastra

says, "Yes..." It doesn't matter. Therefore it is called parampara.

Parampara. As you receive the knowledge from Krsna, from Arjuna, and

from Narada, from Brahma, like that, come down to your spiritual

master, similarly, as you receive the knowledge step by step, one

after another, similarly, you satisfy also the Supreme Personality of

Godhead from this step, this step, this step, this step. This is the

process. Just like you come down step by step by step by step,

similarly you go up step by step by step by step.

   So this is the process, bhagavat-tosanam or hari-tosanam. Also this

way. And to receive the knowledge from Bhagavan, that is also

parampara system. The parampara system must be maintained, and if it

is done nicely, then as it is stated here, yad atra kriyate, whatever

you do, that is for your perfection. If you keep this parampara system

and if you try to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then

whatever you do, that is perfection. It doesn't matter. The test is

whether Krsna is satisfied, whether your spiritual master is

satisfied. Then you are perfect.

   Thank you very much. (end)


10. 740817SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

Prabhupada: So many ways we can remember Krsna always. That... (break)

...somebody is chanting Hare Krsna, that is all right, but why the

necessity of initiation? Initiation means the disciples agree to

accept the instruction of the spiritual master and Krsna accepts the

disciple immediately to give him a spiritual body. This is the

process. Otherwise, there is no need of initiation. One is chanting,

one can chant... (break) ...it is the factual connection. And this

connection means he gets immediately a spiritual body. In this body,

his spiritual... His material body is transformed into... (break) But

if there is any reservation... (break) ...it will take time. (break)

...our spiritual body. (break) ...means existence.


11.740813SB.VRN                  Lectures

... to merge into the personal body of Krsna. Or you can take the

bodily effulgence or the rays of the body. Everything is absolute.

(aside:) Who is talking? So merge into the Brahman effulgence, that is

also Krsna's bodily rays. Yasya prabha. So we are a small particle. So

we, we merge into the Brahman effulgence. Brahman effulgence means

collection of so many Brahmans together. That is Brahman effulgence.

Unlimited number. Anantyaya kalpate. We are a small particle.

Kesagra-sata-bhagasya satadha kalpitasya ca....


12. 751014SB.JOH                   Lectures                 

pranidadhyau manah svayam. So in that asrama... Formerly, big, big

saintly persons, they used to live in forest asrama. Now they have to

come far away from asrama to South Africa because people have

forgotten. Formerly, big, big persons, they used to visit the asrama,

but nowadays people are not interested. Anartha. They are captivated

by the material, external energy. It is said that... Not only now,

formerly also, but formerly the number of people who were not

interested were very, very small. At the present moment, the number of

interested people are very, very small. That is the difference.

Kali-yuga. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He inaugurated this Krsna

consciousness movement, that people in this age are no more interested

in their value of life. They are in darkness. Therefore Vaisnava,

under the instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, should go door to

door, country to country, town to town, and preach Krsna consciousness

for their benefit.


13. 750418SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

Vedanta means the ultimate knowledge. Veda means knowledge; anta means the last contribution. So under the instruction of Narada Muni, Vyasadeva first of all made his

life perfect. Yes. How he made his life perfect? Because if you write

books without any perfection, that will not be effective. One has to

become perfect before he writes some books. Just like nowadays

especially in the western countries they write any rascal ideas under

the name of philosophy or science, "Perhaps," "It may be." That is not

the system in the Vedic civilization. Vedic civilization, people,

those who are advanced in Vedic knowledge, they'll write. Vedic

knowledge is called sruti, and if you write following the principles

of sruti, then it is smrti.


14. 750423SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

Soka-moha-bhaya, these things are our constant companions. Soka. Soka

means lamenting, and moha means illusion. And bhaya, bhaya means

fearfulness. So we are embarrassed with these things always: soka,

moha and bhaya. Soka: we are always lamenting, "This thing I have

lost. I have lost this business. I have lost my son. I have lost...,"

so many. Because it is, after all, a losing business. To exist in this

material world means it is a losing business. There will be no profit.

Therefore whatever we are working for, searching after, real

happiness, if it is not devotional service, then the Bhagavata says,

srama eva hi kevalam: "Simply working for nothing, and the gain is


   So if we want to get relief from the suffering, then it is

recommended, yasyam vai sruyamanayam. If we regularly hear

Srimad-Bhagavatam, this satvata-samhita,... Yasyam vai sruyamanayam.

Sruyamana means simply hearing, sravanam. Then, by hearing, what will

be the effect? The effect will be krsne parama-puruse, krsne

parama-puruse bhaktir utpadyate: "The Supreme Person, Krsna, unto Him

your devotional service will be increased.


15. 750423SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 Here in the Srimad-Bhagavatam the so-called manufactured religious system

is kicked out. It is meant for the paramahamsa. Nirmatsaranam.

Nirmatsara means one who does not become envious. So our enviousness,

our envy has begun from Krsna. We don't accept Krsna. Mostly they will

say, "Why Krsna should be only the Supreme Person? There are many

others." That is envy. So our enviousness has begun from Krsna, and

therefore it has expanded in so many ways. And in our ordinary life we

are envious. We are envious of our friends, envious of our father, our

son even, what to speak of others--businessmen, nation, society,

community, only enviousness. Matsarata. "Why he should go ahead?" I

become envious. This is material nature.

   So when one understands Krsna, he is Krsna conscious, he becomes

nonenvious, no more envious. He wants to become friend. Suhrdah

sarva-bhutanam. So this Krsna consciousness movement means we want to

become friends of everyone.


16. 760818SB.HYD                  Lectures

Without being on the platform moksa, nobody can enter into the bhakti

It is a misconception that bhakti helps moksa. Somebody says, it is

not the opinion of the sastra. Bhakti begins when one is already

liberated. Moksa. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma. Without Brahman, without

Brahman realization, aham brahmasmi, there cannot be jubilation,

prasannatma....   So that is liberated stage. So when one has come to the liberated

stage, from there he can begin mad-bhaktim labhate param. Bhakti means

the activities of the liberated stage. That is not material things. So

this Krsna consciousness movement is little difficult to understand

because these activities are for the persons who have already attained

moksa. Sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate. In the

Bhagavad-gita also it is stated,             

So do not misunderstand that bhakti is lower than something else.

There are karma, jnana, yoga, bhakti. Bhakti is the ultimate. So if

you want to understand the Supreme Absolute Truth, take from His

instruction, bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah…


17. 760818SB.HYD                   Lectures                 

This is the prediction of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. As many town and

villages are there all over the world, this Krsna consciousness

movement will be spread. So there is no credit for me, but it is only

a teeny attempt, and humble attempt. So if one man could do, if you

say, some success, why not all of us? Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given

power of attorney to all Indians. Bharata-bhumite haila manusya-janma

yara. He's speaking to the manusya, not to the cats and dogs. So

manusya-janma yara janma sarthaka kari'. First of all, try to

understand what is the purpose of life. That is called janma sarthaka.

Janma sarthaka kari' kara para-upakara. Go. Everywhere there is very

good demand for Krsna consciousness.


18. 760905SB.VRN                   Lectures                            2/2

This is the statement, that remain in your place, but hear from the

authorities about Krsna, then everything will be clear. Srnvatam

sva-kathah krsnah punya-sravana-kirtanah. Even if you do not

understand a word, but if you hear from the realized soul about Krsna,

then, hrdy antah-stho hy abhadrani vidhunoti suhrt satam. Krsna is

situated in everyone's heart, isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna

tisthati. If we become sincere to hear about Krsna, then Krsna will

help us. Tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam, dadami

buddhi-yogam. He'll give ...


19. 760906SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   So the advantage we must take. What is that advantage? Yasyam vai

sruyamanayam. If you simply hear, that's all. Just like you are

hearing. If you kindly come here and listen the instruction of the

Srimad-Bhagavatam, you become perfect. Simply by hearing. You haven't

got to make any gymnastic or any physical labor. Simply come into the

temple. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. Simply see the Deity. Naturally

you will think of Deity: "Oh, how nicely the Lord is dressed." That is

thinking. Man-manah. Immediately thinking. The temple is constructed

after spending so much money. Why? To give you chance of thinking.

Because there is the beginning. It is not the money is wasted. Rascals

are thinking that "Unnecessarily they have spent so much money." No.

Paropakara, giving chances to the rascal people to come here and see

the Deity and think of Krsna, this is wanted. If he simply thinks,

"Oh, how Krsna is nicely dressed," that is thinking. Man-manah. And if

you offer little obeisances, mam namaskuru, then you still make

further progress. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru.

And if you hear about Himself, in this way you become perfect


20. 760906SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

"What is the use of bhakti? Let me enjoy." No. It is required, if you

are serious. What is that required? Soka-moha-bhayapaha. Things are

going on soka, moha and bhaya. Bhaya means fearfulness. Even a small

bird, he's also fearful. You see the bird is sitting up. It is not

coming down. Why? Sometimes it comes down when we are not there. What

is that? Fearfulness. Fearfulness. It is a small bird. We have nothing

to do with them. Nobody has got... But still it is fearful. So any

body, any material body you accept there will be fearfulness. And why

you are fearful? There is loss and gain. So when there is loss there

is soka, and the soka..., and fearfulness is moha, illusion--because I

don't belong to this material world. Artificially you have accepted

this body. On account of this body I am subjected to these principles:

soka, moha, bhaya. So as you become advanced in Krsna consciousness,

more and more you advance, then these three things--soka, moha,

bhaya--will be completely eradicated. That is the gain of bhakti-yoga.

   Thank you very much. (end)


21. 760907SB.VRN                   Lectures                  

So this samhita... Samhita means Vedic literature. There are many

rascals, they say that "Bhagavata was not written by Vyasadeva, it was

written by some Bopadeva." They say like that. Mayavadis, the

Nirisvaravadi. Because although Nirisvaravadi, or Mayavadi leader

Sankaracarya, he wrote comments on Bhagavad-gita, but he could not

touch Srimad-Bhagavatam, because in the Srimad-Bhagavatam the things

are so nicely set up, krtvanukramya, that it is not possible by the

Mayavadis to prove that God is impersonal. They cannot do it. Nowadays

they are doing, reading Bhagavatam in their own way, but that does not

appeal to any sane man. Sometimes I have seen a big Mayavadi is

explaining one verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam, that "Because you are

God, therefore if you are pleased, then God is pleased." This is their

philosophy. "You do not require to please God separately. So if you

are pleased by drinking wine, then God is pleased." This is their

explanation. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has condemned this Mayavadi

commentary. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said, mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya

sarva-nasa. Mayavadi krsne aparadhi. He has plainly said. No

compromise. The Mayavadis, they're great offender to Krsna. Tan aham

dvisatah kruran, Krsna also says. They're very, very envious to Krsna.

Krsna is dvi-bhuja-muralidhara, syamasundara, and the Mayavadi

explains that "Krsna has no hand, no leg. This is all imagination."

How much offensive it is they do not know. But to warn people like us,

Caitanya Mahaprabhu has plainly warned that "Don't go to Mayavadis."

Mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa. Mayavadi haya krsne aparadhi.

This is the statement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

   So you should be very, very careful. Don't go to hear any Mayavadi.

There are many Mayavadis in the dress of Vaisnavas. Sri Bhaktivinoda

Thakura has explained about them, that ei 'ta eka kali-cela nake

tilaka gale mala, that "Here is a follower of Kali. Although he has

got a tilaka on the nose and neck beads, but he's a kali-cela." If

he's Mayavadi, sahaja-bhajana kache mama sange laya pare bala. So

these things are there. You have come to Vrndavana. Be careful, very

careful. Mayavadi-bhasya sunile. There are many Mayavadis here, many

so-called tilaka-mala, but you do not know what is there inside. But

great acaryas, they can find out.



                        pancaratra-vidhim vina

                       aikantiki harer bhaktir

                         utpatayaiva kalpate

They create disturbance only. Therefore we have to follow the

Gosvamis, Gosvami literature, especially Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, which

we have translated in The Nectar of Devotion, every one of you should

very carefully read and make progress. Don't be victimized by the

Mayavadi so-called Vaisnava. It is very dangerous.


…That is the, I mean to say, Vedic system--to teach the son and teach

the disciple. If one cannot teach the son--the son is disobedient--he

should give up his family life. Otherwise a father is in obligation to

teach the son properly. But if it is not possible... Sometimes it so

happens as family members, they do not take care. Otherwise

Vyasadeva's son is expected to become Sukadeva Gosvami. If not, such

family connection should be given up. Anukulyasya sankalpah

pratikulyasya varjanam. Family life, if it is favorable for advancing

Krsna consciousness, it should be accepted; otherwise it should be

rejected. Anukulyasya sankalpah pratikulyasya varjanam.

…Pravrtti-marga. Pravrttes tu... Pravrtti is natural

inclination. Anyone who has come to this material world... Pravrttir

esa bhutanam. Everyone is in the pravrtti-marga. What is that

pravrtti-marga? The pravrtti-marga is these things: sex, meat-eating,

intoxication, like that. This is pravrtti-marga. Pravrttir esa

bhutanam nivrttes tu maha-phalam. So the whole Vedic literature is

there how to make him stop this pravrtti-marga. That is the whole

plan. …they have got this general tendency. Pravrtti. You will find in

animals, in birds, in beasts, and beastly human being, two-legged

beast... There are four-legged beasts and two-legged beasts.

Four-legged beasts are the animals--cats, dogs, tigers, etc. Cows,

asses. They are four-legged beasts. And there are two-legged beasts,

dvi-pada-pasu. It is not manufactured; it is there in the sastra.

Dvi-pada-pasu. Dvi means two, and pada means legged. So any human

being who is attached to this pravrtti-marga--sex, meat-eating,

intoxication, gambling--he is dvi-pada-pasu, two-legged animals. This

is pravrtti-marga.


22. 760908SB.VRN                   Lectures                 One who is atmarama, brahma-bhutah,aham brahmasmi, I am not this material body, no more I have to do anything for this material body. Atmarama. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma.

People are anxious, especially the karmis, how to maintain this body, when one comes to the conclusion that "I am not this body,"

naturally his interest for maintaining the body, diminishes.

Practically, it becomes nil but. Nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau, you will

find from the behavior of the Gosvamis, they practically conquered

over the necessities of this body. But that does not mean he has to

cease all activities. The Mayavada philosophy, they say that when one

becomes brahma-bhutah, atmarama, he has nothing to do any more. No.

The sastra does not say that. Sastra says that when you become

atmarama, or brahma-bhutah, your material anxieties, material

activities, they become stopped. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma,

prasannatma, he has nothing to do.


23. 760909SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

If we study very intelligently, then we can understand how Krsna's

energy is working in varieties. You study even one flower, you'll see how varieties of

color and arrangement of the petals, everything. Don't think as the

rascals, they say "nature." What is nature? Nature is an instrument,

just like typewriter . You're typewriting... You are typewriting, not

that the typewriter typewriting. That is a mistake. Those who have

less intelligence, poor fund of knowledge, they see that the

typewriter is working. No. The typewriter means the person who is

using the machine, he is just like this microphone. Microphone is not

talking; I am talking. It is an instrument. Similarly, what we call

nature, that is an instrument only, not that nature is working. Nature

is dull. What is this microphone? It is made of dull matter. It cannot

work. But a human being has arranged these material things in such a



24. 760910SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 But these persons who are indulging unnecessary sex

life in Vrndavana, they'll have to take birth as monkeys in Vrndavana,

and then next life they'll be liberated. So otherwise, why in

Vrndavana the monkeys? They are also devotees, but they could not

proceed nicely. So animal life means stopping sinful activities, and

whatever sinful reaction is there in one life finished. We should be

very, very careful. Dhama, dhama-aparadha. In the dhama... In other

places if you chant Hare Krsna, the result of such chanting will be

increased thousand times if you chant in Vrndavana. Similarly, in

other place, the sinful activities, if you commit that sinful activity

in Vrndavana, then it will be thousand times increased. So we have to

be very careful.


25. 760911SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

    So if one takes shelter of a pure devotee... Just like electricity: the

powerhouse is far away, but the power is coming. Suppose your body is

electrified, and if I touch, then my body immediately becomes

electrified. And if somebody touches me, then other's body. This is

electric. Similarly, one who is pure devotee, he's authorized by

Krsna, he's electrified.

   So if one takes shelter of a pure devotee, then he becomes

purified. Yad-apasrayasrayah sudhyanti. That is the statement given by

Sukadeva Gosvami. How the candalas can become purified? The example I

have already stated. Then at the end, Sukadeva Gosvami says,

prabhavisnave namah. This is the supreme transcendental power of

Visnu. He can do. Sometimes they say that unless the body is changed,

how a candala can become purified? Yes, body is changing. Because we

do not know how the body is changing... Krsna says in the

Bhagavad-gita, tatha dehantara-praptih. Dehantara-praptih… This is dehantara. Krsna says, the greatest authority. How you can say that there is no dehantara? He has

dehantara. Suppose in my childhood I am born in a candala family, but

if by initiation, by taking shelter of a pure devotee, I become

initiated, so dehantara is there, going on. So if I take initiation

seriously, so in the next dehantara... Suppose yesterday I was a

candala. Now by this time there is dehantara, and if I am purified by

initiation... So this argument... Dehantara, is already there.

Scientifically, in modern understanding, and on the authority of

Krsna's statement, dehantara is going on. Not that somebody was

European or... We take Europeans as mlecchas or yavanas. Yes, he was

yesterday mleccha and yavanas, but he has changed his body, and after

changing if he's initiated, then dehantara. Sudhyanti, he's purified.


   So how this is possible, if we cannot understand... Because Lord

Visnu's energy is inconceivable. Inconceivable, acintya. Srila Jiva

Gosvami has discussed. Unless you accept acintya-sakti of the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, you cannot understand. You have to accept. It

is acintya, inconceivable, by us. But it is not inconceivable by the

advanced devotees.


26. 760911SB.VRN                   Lectures                  

One has to become advanced devotee to understand how Krsna's direction

is going on. They can understand. Don't think that things are taking

place automatically. Therefore even in reverse condition a devotee

does not see that "This thing is happening without direction of

Krsna." Even if he is in an adverse condition, he does not feel any

pain, because he knows that "This adverse condition is also under the

direction of Krsna. So I am fully surrendered to Krsna. Why I shall

take this adverse position as not mercy of Krsna? It is also mercy of

Krsna." Tat te 'nukampam su-samiksamano bhunjana evatma-krtam vipakam.

A devotee is not disturbed by adverse condition. He takes that this is

a gift of Krsna. Tat te anukampam. "It is Krsna's mercy. Although I am

put into difficulty, it is Krsna's mercy."

   So anyone who takes in that way, mukti-pade sa daya-bhak: his going

back to home, back to Godhead, is guaranteed. Because he takes

everything as Krsna's mercy.


27. 760912SB.VRN                   Lectures                  

   So here it is said yada mrdhe kaurava-srnjayanam. In the fight all

the parties who died, they all obtained vira-gatim. And most of them

they achieved svarupa. That is described in a different place. Svarupa

means his original, spiritual form. All the soldiers or the kings who

died, and at the time of death who were seeing Krsna--Krsna was there

in the battlefield--all of them achieved their original, spiritual

form. Svarupam. And those who did not see Krsna, they got promoted

vira-gatim, in the heavenly planet. So fight is not always bad. If it

is dharma-yuddha, according to the prescribed rules, not whimsical

fight, dharma-yuddha, then there is gain. This science is lost. There

is no such thing. Now fighting means hooliganism, vandalism,

gunda-ism. That is not fight. Here is fight: vira-gatim gate. They are

all promoted.


28. 760912SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

status of training so that ultimately one can become brahmana, and

when he's fully trained up as a brahmana then he transcends the

brahmana's position, and he becomes a Vaisnava.

   So to become Vaisnava is not so easy thing. One has to become

brahmana, then when he surpasses the stages of becoming brahmana then

he becomes a Vaisnava. Suddha-sattva. Sattvam visuddham…

very good scholar, you have studied so much... No. If Krsna reveals to

you, then you'll be able. That revelation is possible when you are a

devotee. Otherwise, it is not possible. Nayam atma pravacanena


   So we have to wait for that opportunity when Krsna reveals. How

that revelation is possible? Atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam

indriyaih. By sense perception or sense speculation you cannot.

Namadi. Even the chanting of Hare Krsna mantra you cannot understand.

Atah sri-krsna-namadi. Nama, rupa, lila, parikara, vaisistya...,

everything. You cannot understand with these blunt senses. Then how?

Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah. When you engage your

senses, purified senses. Sevonmukhe. Purified senses means when the

senses are engaged in the service of the Lord--everything--then you can…


29. 760913SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

pacifying, aha kiritamali. Kiritamali is Arjuna. So they were directly

connected with Krsna. Draupadi's another name is Krsna. And still they

had to suffer the material pangs. Not that because one is Krsna

conscious there will be no material suffering. Actually, those who are

Krsna conscious, they have no material suffering. Although it appears

that they are suffering, they are not suffering. They can accept any

so-called suffering and accept it as mercy of Krsna. They never take

it as suffering. Tat te 'nukampam su-samiksamano bhunjana evatma-krtam

vipakam. A devotee, when he's in suffering, so-called suffering, he

accepts it as the mercy of Krsna. Tat te 'nukampam. And he rather

thanks Krsna, that "I had to suffer many more times, but You have

minimized it, giving me little suffering. So it is Your mercy." And if

anyone lives on that attitude, everything taken as Krsna's mercy, then

he is guaranteed to go back home, back to Godhead. Mukti-pade sa

daya-bhak. Daya-bhak means his going back to home, back to Godhead, is

exactly like the inheritance of property by the son. Mukti-pade sa

daya-bhak. So we should learn from the Pandavas that Krsna was always

present with them, still they had to suffer so much material

tribulations. So they were never unhappy, neither they requested Krsna

that "My dear friend Krsna, You were always with us. Still we had to

suffer." Never expressed that. That is pure devotion. Never try to

take any benefit from Krsna. Simply try to give benefit to Krsna. Do

not take any benefit from Krsna. This is pure devotion.


30. 760913SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

.. The Mayavadi's philosopher, they put this argument that "Because we have forgotten. Now in maya we haveforgotten that we are God." So what kind of God he is if he forgets? God never says "I have forgotten." Krsna says, vedaham samatitani: "I

know past, present, future." So where is the question of forgetting?

So if somebody forgets, that God is different from the God who does

not forget. Therefore we have to accept two. Immediately you have to

accept dvaita-vada: one forgetting-God and one not-forgetting-God. You

cannot accept one. That is not possible.

   And that is the fact. Just like Krsna says that "I remember when I

spoke to sun-god. You have forgotten." So there are two. Similarly,

Krsna's another name is Acyuta. He never falls down from His position.

And if we fall down from the position... Therefore we are not on the

same level. We may have some power, and we can claim that "I am

God"--that you can claim--but not that God, like Krsna. Therefore two

words are there: isvara, paramesvara. In the Brahma-samhita therefore

it is described that isvaras, there may be many, but not paramesvara.

Paramesvara is one. Isvarah paramah krsnah. So these Mayavadis, they

forget this, that isvara, paramesvara, there are two words. Atma and

paramatma, there are two words. So they are not equal. And Krsna says

mattah parataram nanyat. He is the supermost isvara. Nityo nityanam

cetanas cetananam. Although both of us are nitya, eternal, and living

entities, still, there is difference. He is supreme living entity, we

are subordinate. Prabhu and anu. Vibhu and anu.

   So this philosophy is perfect, and anyone who accepts this Mayavada

philosophy, that God and living entity are on the same level, they

have got poor fund of knowledge.

31. 760914SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 Because in this age people are interested to become sudras.

Nobody is interested to become brahmana. Technology. Technology means

sudra. Technology is not the business of a brahmana, ksatriya, or

vaisya. No. Just like blacksmith, goldsmith, carpenter, craftsman.

These are technology. They are meant for the sudras. Brahmanas, they

are to be trained up how to become truthful, how to become controller

of the senses, how to become simple, how to become tolerant. In this

way. Ksatriya--how to become strong, stout, brave, no going away when

there is challenge, not to go away from fighting, to possess land…


32. 760915SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 Jijnasuhsreya uttamam, sabde pare ca nisnatam. One who is fully aware of the transcendental science or words, sabda, sabda-brahma. Sabda-brahma

means Vedic literature. One is completely in awareness of Vedic

knowledge. Sabde pare ca nisnatam. Nisnatam means one has taken a dip

in the ocean of this Vedic literature. Nisnatam. And what is the

result? Sabde pare ca nisnatam brahmany upasamasrayam. The Supreme

Brahman... Brahman, Paramatma, Bhagavan. Brahmani, either of them. But

Bhagavan is the best. Or, if you cannot approach Bhagavan, the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, Brahman is also. Because if one is in Brahman,

he has a chance to make further progress.

   But in Kali-yuga it is very difficult to go very slow. Therefore

Krsna, Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all the sastras, they are giving

directly in touch with Krsna. Step by step, it is very difficult. So

that is the special gift in this age. That is said in the

Srimad-Bhagavatam, that in this age there is a special gift. What is

that special gift? Kirtanad eva krsnasya. Kalau... In this age this

world is full of faults, but there is one facility: kirtanad eva

krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet. One can become liberated and go

back to home, back to Godhead.


33. ►760916SB.VRN                  Lectures

We have learned from our Guru Maharaja that preaching

is very, very important thing, and when one is actually an experienced

preacher, then he is able to chant Hare Krsna mantra without any

offense. Before that, this so-called chanting ... .. And giving up all

other business to make a show of a big Vaisnava, that is

not required. Thank you very much. (end)


34. 760917SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   I'll give you one practical instance. It is not a story; it is a

fact. It was spoken... Perhaps some of you know that my friend who

came here, Dr. Ghosh. He told me when they were students, there was a

case. In Lucknow University they were students. So there is a big

building, and two, three snake-biting case happened. So some snake

charmer was invited to find out the snake and take him. So he came. He

came and took it away, the snake. Then this Dr. Gosh and his class

friends, they were medical students. Naturally, the so-called modern

scientist, they do not believe in all these things. So they became

very inquisitive. All of them went to that snake charmer--he was a

Muhammadan gentleman. So he knew that "These students, medical

students, they have come to see the fun how the snakes are charmed."

So he (they) inquired, "What is the matter? What is the magic that you

can catch up snake and the snake cannot do any harm to you?" So he

said it is possible by mantra. By mantra it can be done. So they

challenged, "Oh, your snakes, I think they are poisonless and they

cannot bite. There is no poison. The poison teeth, the fang, is taken

away." "No, no. They have got everything." So he took one and showed

that "Here is..." So to make a fun... He had many snakes. He let them

all come out from the box. And immediately all over the courtyard,

just like courtyard, they began to run over, and all these medical

students, they became afraid. They were fleeing this side, that side,

that side. So the charmer said, "Don't be afraid. So long I am here

they'll not bite you."

   So this was spoken by Dr. Ghosh, a personal experience. The mantra

has got so much power. But not that you purchase the mantra and chant.

That will not. You have to make it perfect. There is process, how to

become perfect in chanting the mantra. Similarly... It is an ordinary,

material mantra. This spiritual mantra... I have already explained.

This Hare Krsna mantra is spiritual mantra. It is not material.

Therefore I've already explained, golokera prema-dhana

hari-nama-sankirtana. It is not ordinary sound vibration, material

sound vibration, radio. No. Spiritual. Golokera prema-dhana. So if we

actually chant this Hare Krsna mantra properly, without any offense,

then once chanting is sufficient to make you free from the reaction of

all sinful life. Once chanted. There is no question of chanting

thousand times. It is said, eka hari-name jato papa hare, papi haya

tato papa karibare nare(?). Once chanting of Hare Krsna mantra can

vanquish so many, so much accumulated reaction of sinful life that a

first-class papi or a very expert papi, he cannot commit so many papa.


35. 760923SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

The krsna-bhajana is not so easy thing. Yesam tv anta-gatam papam. One

who is completely free from the reaction of papa, he cannot (can) take

to Krsna consciousness. But in the ordinary way, karma... According to

karma... Just like you are working to earn some money, businessman,

karma. So ordinary way you have to work very hard day and night to get

some money. Suppose if you want one lakh of rupees or one crore of

rupees, you have to work for it. But there is another way. Suppose one

rich man gives you, that "You haven't got to work. Take this one lakh

of rupees or one crore of rupees. You take it." That is another way.

Ordinary way to accumulate crores of rupees, it may not be possible in

your life. But if some friend or some rich man becomes kind upon you

and delivers you, "Take it," you can get it immediately, without any

hard labor. Similarly, Krsna, the supreme rich man, supreme rich

being, is offering you, sarva-dharman parityajya mam... "You haven't

got to do anything. Come on. You surrender unto Me, and I give you

immediately liberation." Aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma

sucah. There is no anxiety…..   So if you go on the ordinary way, from the karma platform to jnana platform, from jnana platform to yoga platform, but ultimately you

have to come to the bhakti platform. If you do not come to the bhakti

platform, then there is no question of liberation


36. 760928SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   So we should not become brahma-bandhu. We should become actually

brahmana. And brahma janati iti brahmanah. One who knows Brahman, he

is brahmana. And one who knows Parabrahman, he is Vaisnava. Brahman

and Parabrahman. So Krsna is Parabrahman. In the Bhagavad-gita it is

said, param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan purusam

sasvatam divyam. So to realize Brahman realization... That is also

spiritual. That is not material. Aham brahmasmi. That is spiritual.

But that is the first appreciation of the Absolute Truth. That is not

complete appreciation or complete knowledge. Complete knowledge is

when one understands the param brahma. That is complete understanding.

Not simply Brahman: Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan. Brahmeti

paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate. The Absolute Truth, vadanti tat

tattva-vidas tattvam. Tattvam means Absolute Truth. What is that

Absolute? Advaya-jnanam. One. Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. They

are not different. Advayam, the same Absolute. But it is due to my

position, angle of vision, He's realized in three different

features--Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. That one tattva-vastu,

Absolute Truth. So to understand even Brahman, one requires to become

brahmana. Brahma janati iti brahmanah. Brahman, understands Brahman,

that is the first step. Then you have to make further progress


37. 761001SB.VRN                   Lectures                  

 Bahunam janmanam ante jnanavan. The jnana, after jnana,

there is the stage of bhakti. Without jnana, bhakti is

kanistha-adhikari. With jnana he is uttama-adhikari. These are

described by Caitanya, in the Caitanya-caritamrta. …


38. 761003SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 Not as friend." Because friendly talking is useless waste

of time. He accepted Him as guru. When guru speaks, you cannot argue.

That is not the process. You should accept a guru who is infallible.

Otherwise it is useless. He accepted guru Krsna because Krsna is

infallible. If we accept guru, a bogus guru, then it is no benefit.Guru means Krsnas representative. Not that everyone can be guru….Still higher. From brahmana platform he has to come to the Vaisnava platform. One has to become brahma-bhuta. That is brahmana. The sign is na socati na kanksati. He does not care for anything material. He's

always satisfied. Aham brahmasmi. That is brahmana. But, in spite of

this quality, if he does not enter into the bhakti, then he's not a

Vaisnava. He may be a brahmana... This is clearly defined in the

Bhagavad-gita. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma na socati na kanksati. He's

pacified. Samah sarvesu bhutesu. He's equal to everyone. Then he's

qualified to become a devotee, Vaisnava. So unless he comes to that

stage he cannot become guru


39. 761003SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

that soft-hearted woman, vama-svabhava, they should be given

protection. They should be trained up how to become faithful wife,

affectionate mother. Then the home will be very happy, and without

happiness we cannot make any spiritual progress. We must be peaceful.

This is the preliminary condition. Therefore, as far as possible, the

Vedic injunction is there should be division in the society,

varnasrama. …

40. ►761004SB.VRN                  Lectures

This is also another Vedic civilization, that if you are benefited by

somebody, you should always remain obliged to him. Siksito

yad-anugrahat. There is one Bengali proverb, guru-mara-vidya. "Guru,

you ... him first of all, then kill him. Don't care for guru." This is

demonic. By the grace of guru you learn something. Then when you learn

something, then you become greater than him, don’t care for guru.  This is demonic. Even if you have learned something, you must feel always obliged

Pradyumna: "Dhanur-veda or military science, was taught by Dronacarya

with all its confidential secrets of throwing and controlling by Vedic

hymns. Gross military science is dependent on material weapons, but

finer than that is the art of throwing arrows saturated with Vedic

hymns, which act more effectively than gross material weapons like

machine guns or atomic bombs. The control is by Vedic mantras, or the

transcendental science of sound. It is said in the Ramayana that

Maharaja Dasaratha, the father of Lord Sri Rama, used to control

arrows by sound only. He could pierce his target with his arrow by

hearing the sound only, without seeing the object. So this is a finer

military science than that of the gross material military weapons..."

Prabhupada: So there is nothing especial to be explained. The only

important part of this verse is, that don't learn guru-mara-vidya.

Even if you become more learned that your guru, you should not exhibit

it before your guru. You should always remain a fool number one. Just

like Caitanya Mahaprabhu showed Himself by His example. Guru more

murkha dekhi 'karila sasana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu was not murkha, but

He has taught us that before guru, we shall always remain a murkha.

That is advancement. Not that "I know more than guru. I don't care for

guru. Now give me blessing that I can find out some better guru." This

nonsense, if you don't find... If your guru is not perfect, then why

you are asking blessing to find out another?

Acaryopasanam. Acarya should be always worshiped. Even if you, by

ABCD, you have become more learned than the acarya... That is not

possible, but if you foolishly think like that, still, you should not

exhibit your foolishness, that you know more than the acarya. That is

Caitanya Mahaprabhu's... By His life example, He has taught us that

the more we remain ignorant, foolish before the acarya, or before the

guru, that is more we advance. Real success is how one is faithful to

his guru. That is real success. Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve

tatha gurau. It is not by education or grammatical knowledge you can

learn anything. No. It is by the grace of the Supreme Personality of

Godhead. And that grace comes down through the grace of guru. That

grace also does not come directly. We should not be neglecting this

point….Things become revealed by devotion, not by so-called education. No

…   Therefore Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says, yasya prasadad

bhagavat-prasadah. Not that bhagavat-prasada is achieved by education

and grammar. No. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. By the mercy of

guru one can achieve. That is just like a common word, "If you love

me, love my dog." So you cannot approach Krsna without loving His dog,

His servant. Satam prasangat. A person who is trying to distribute the

message of Krsna, he is very, very dear dog of Krsna. Na ca tasman

manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah. He is very... It doesn't matter

how far he is advanced in education, how far he has learned grammar.

These are not the things. The things is how far he is working to carry

out the mission of Krsna. Then one has to receive Krsna's mercy

through the bona fide servant. Krsna cannot be bluffed by so-called

education and grammar. Krsna is not so... Bhaktya mam abhijanati. He

never says "By grammar or by education one can understand." Never

says. Bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah. We should be

educated, we should be very careful, but real thing is bhakti….

The sadhus, they are not interested about rhetorical or grammatical

adjustment. The sadhu wants to see who has spoken. If he's a Vaisnava,

then his word will be accepted. Caitanya Mahaprabhu strictly prohibits

that is one is not a Vaisnava, don't hear from him.

Avaisnava-mukhodgirnam putam hari-kathamrtam, sravanam naiva

kartavyam. "But he's such a learned man," or "He's writes so nicely,

correctly." But because he's not Vaisnava, one should not hear from

him. "Why? It is so nicely written." No. Sarpocchistam yatha payah.

Milk is very good food, everyone knows. But as soon as it is touched

by the lips of a serpent, it is poison immediately. Therefore it is

forbidden. And one who has no knowledge how to respect guru, how he

can become Vaisnava? ….Thakura's... Our determination should be to serve the previous guru and acarya. Evam parampara-praptam. That is our determination. Tandera

carana-sevi. Our service... Not directly Krsna. Because to serve

Vaisnava is more than serving Krsna directly.

Mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika. Krsna likes that. He doesn't accept anyone's

service directly. That is a gross mistake. Therefore Narottama dasa

Thakura is teaching us... (break) ...trying to become one with Krsna

or one with the gopis. These are all Mayavada philosophy. Tandera

carana-sevi. You have to serve the servant of Krsna, tad bhrtya

dasa-dasa-dasanudasah. That is the way. Not directly.

   So here Draupadi is reminding that, yad-anugrahat siksito bhavata:

"You are neglecting his, satisfying him. Do you think if you kill his

son he'll be satisfied? Maybe his son is a criminal from all points of

view; still, ultimately, if you kill his son he'll be aggrieved…..have seen. The same thing, the affection is everywhere. So Draupadi is giving the best instruction, that "By the mercy of Dronacarya you have learned this art, and now this art you are going to use for killing his son? What is this logic?" Very good argument.


41. 761005SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

 As we receive knowledge from the acarya,

similarly, our activities, the result of activities, is carried by the

acarya to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Acarya does not accept

anything on his own account. Acarya accepts everything on Krsna's

account. That is the principle. And because he is representative of

Krsna, he is dealing on behalf of Krsna.

   We have got in practical experience. Formerly, in British

government, there was viceroy. Vice means in place of and roy means

royal king. Viceroy. So this viceroy was respected as the king, as the

emperor. That is the process. When he's no longer a viceroy, then he's

not respected. But so long he is acting as viceroy... And the rule was

that whatever presentation was given to the viceroy he did not accept

it personally. It was kept in the state. So these are the process. So

guru, acarya, being representative of the Supreme Personality of

Godhead, he should be worshiped.


42. 761006SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   Just like Prahlada Maharaja said, soce tato vimukha-cetasa

indriyartha-maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan. Because my father

has done so much injustice unto me, so Krsna wanted to give him

benediction. But he refused. "No. I do not require anything. I am

quite happy. I don't want anything. And in exchange of my service...

Because I have done some work as Vaisnava, it is my duty..." Jivera

svarupa haya nitya-krsna-dasa. "It is my duty as a servant. I have

tolerated all tribulations offered by my father. I was never

disturbed. I preached amongst my class friends. Whatever possible I

have done. But that does not mean I want some benefit. No. I am not a

baniya, vanik. Sa vai vanik. So do not offer my any benediction. I am

quite satisfied." So the question may be that "You are satisfied in

spite of undergoing so much trouble? Still, you are...?" "Yes, I am

satisfied. Yes, I am satisfied." "How?"

Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah. "Because I have learned by

the grace of Narada Muni how to chant Your holy name." That's it.

Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta. "This chanting of Your glorification is

mahamrta, a great nectarean." Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah.

"My cittah, my consciousness, is always absorbed in the thought of

Your glorification. Therefore I am not at all unhappy." … "You are not

unhappy in spite of so much tribulation given by your father?" "Yes.

I'm not at all." This is Vaisnava. He cannot be unhappy. We see that

Prahlada Maharaja was put into so much trouble by his father. Even,

even this Draupadi, she was put into so much trouble--immediately, her

sons are killed. But she is, actually she is not unhappy. This is

Vaisnava. Vaisnava cannot be unhappy in any circumstances.

   Ahaituky apratihata. That is explained. Ahaituky apratihata yayatma

suprasidati. If you become situated in Krsna consciousness, then

you'll be so satisfied that in any circumstances nobody will be able

to give you any trouble. This is Vaisnava. Yayatma suprasidati. Atma,

brahma-bhutah prasannatma na socati na kanksati. There is no question

of lamenting. But still, a Vaisnava laments not for his own purpose.

Just like Prahlada Maharaja says that na udvije para. Krsna is para.

Nrsimhadeva is para, the Supreme. "O the Supreme, I am not at all

disturbed." Naivodvije para duratyaya-vaitaranyah. Why?

Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah. "Because by the grace of

Narada Muni I have learned this art, how to chant Your holy name. That

I have learned." Tvad-virya-gayana. "I learned or not learned, but

whenever I chant, then I merge into the ocean of nectarean."

   So similarly, Prahlada Maharaja says that

tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna... The same philosophy, everywhere.

What was spoken by Prahlada Maharaja millions of years ago, the same

thing was perceived by Rupa Gosvami five hundred years ago, and same

thing can be perceived now also.

Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah. If you once become merged

into the nectarean of chanting the holy name of Krsna, then you'll

always remain happy. There is no doubt about it.


43. 761007SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   Therefore devotees, they do not expect that "Krsna will always be

very kind upon me. He may be harsh, but that is also good." Krsna or

Krsna's devotee, even he is harsh, he is unkind, so-called unkind, it

is also good. Just like Narada Muni cursed the Yamalarjuna. What is

that? Their name? The Kuvera's sons? They were cursed to become tree,

but what was the result? The result was that although they became

trees they were fortunate enough to see Krsna personally. So God or

His devotee, Krsna and Krsna devotee, you should always take that

they're always good. God is good. And the devotee is good. Either we

see that He's merciful... He's always merciful. Therefore devotees

never take anything as not merciful. Tat te anukampam. They take

everything from Krsna as sympathy, anukampa. Tat te 'nukampam

su-samiksamanah. One who can see this anukampa in reverse condition of

life, the compassion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, mukti-pade

sa daya-bhak. His right to become liberation becomes guaranteed. If

anyone accepts the mercy of God in any circumstances, and he does not

do anything wrong to anyone, such person is guaranteed to be

liberated. That is the injunction of the sastra. Thank you very much.



44.  730410SB.NY                    Lectures                 

   Just like when Krsna was challenged by His mother that "Show me

Your face. You say that You have not eaten the earth. Your friends

complained, and You say that You have not eaten. So I want to see.

Open Your mouth." So when He opened, (s)he saw all the universes

within the mouth. All the universes. He proved, "My dear mother, not

only a little earth, but the whole universe is within My mouth."

(laughter) So when mother Yasoda was astonished, she thought something

illusory, "All right, don't do it again. That's all." (laughter) She

does not know that "Here is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To

show me His mercy He has become my child." She does not know. She

always thinks, "He is my child. He is under my control."


45. 730410SB.NY                    Lectures                 

But God can be perceived, can be seen, by these senses, by these eyes,

when you purify it. That purificatory process is Krsna consciousness.

The more you purify, the more you can see God within and without. Atah

sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih. The indriya, these

senses, cannot perceive, cannot see, cannot touch, cannot hear namadi.

Unless you are purified, you cannot hear also Krsna name. Unless you

are purified, the name enters this ear and goes out in this ear. You

cannot appreciate. Therefore purificatory process is required.


46. 761008SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   It is summarized in the Srimad-Bhagavatam that there are so many

descriptions of the incarnation of Visnu, but at the end, Vyasadeva

concludes that whatever incarnations are described here, they are

amsa-kala. Amsa means direct expansion, and kala means expansion of

the expansion. Just like Krsna, the first expansion is Balarama,

Baladeva. And the next expansion is Sankarsana, Vasudeva, Aniruddha,

Pradyumna. The next expansion is Narayana. The next expansion again

second catur-vyuha. Sankarsana again. Dvitiya-catur-vyuha. Then next

expansion, Visnu, Maha-Visnu. Next expansion, Garbhodakasayi Visnu.

And next expansion is Ksirodakasayi Visnu. In this way, there are

different expansion, but krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. Adyam purusam

sasvatam. Krsna is the original person. Therefore Krsna says, mattah

parataram nanyat. "I am not expansion of anybody."…. powerful. Although Krsna is first, Balarama is second, Sankarsana is third, like that. But do not think They are less powerful. No.Visnu-tattva means They are equally powerful. Svamsa. Ramadi-murtisu

kala-niyamena tisthan. Kala. Rama is expansion of Visnu, but it is not

that Rama is less powerful than Krsna. Nobody is less powerful.

Ramadi-murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan nanavataram akarod bhuvanesu

kintu. There are so many avataras. Krsnah svayam samabhavat paramah

puman yah. But Krsna is the paramah puman, the Supreme Being, the

Supreme Person. Krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. Everywhere. Isvarah paramah

krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah. Mattah parataram nanyat. This is the

conclusion of the sastras. So don't consider that Krsna, because He

has come, appeared in Vrndavana like a cowherd boy, never think...


47. 761008SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

   Krsna also teaches that "I am here." If you cannot conceive that

Krsna is everywhere present, Krsna personally gives you instruction,

"Here I am." Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya. Everyone is drinking water at

least four times, five times. So at the time of drinking water, or

drinking anything, if you remember Krsna then you become purified.

Mayy asakta-manah partha. That is yoga, bhakti-yoga. If you practice

only this. Whatever you drink, you drink something for some taste. So

either you drink soda water, or water, or milk, or even wine. Because

the Europeans, Americans, they are accustomed to drink wine. But if

they follow this instruction of Krsna, that "This taste is Krsna,"

then he remembers Krsna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. As soon as he

brings Krsna in his mind, he becomes a bhakta. So easy. Anyone can

become krsna-bhakta if he follows the instruction of Bhagavad-gita.

There is no difficulty. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. This is the simple

process. Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh. This is for

ordinary class of men. But if you think that you are very advanced in

learning, in Vedic literature, and Vedic mantras, yes, then Krsna

says, pranavah sarva-vedesu. That pranava-omkara, om tad visnoh

paramam padam sada pasyanti surayah. That pranava is Krsna. Pranavah


   So either you become a highly learned scholar in Vedic literature

or you are simply an ordinary person, you can think of Krsna and you

become successful in your life. There is no difficulty. Raso 'ham. If

you are ordinary person... Any, every, every person drinks water or

drinks something. Let him immediately think of, as soon as he tastes,

"Here is Krsna." Punyo gandhah prthivyam ca. A flower, a rose flower,

very fragrant. As soon as you smell you can remember Krsna. "Oh, this

smell is Krsna." Actually, that is Krsna. You cannot create that….

…   But even if you do not read sastra, if you always renember Krsna,

impression of Krsna. The temple is made for layman. Even woman, child,

if he sees daily Krsna here, then he gets impression. He can think of

Krsna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto. Therefore the temple is there.

Everyone should come every day, every morning, or as many times as

possible and take the impression of Krsna and keep it within your core

of heart and think of Krsna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam...

And offer little You don't require to study Vedanta philosophy or this

or that. Because what is the purpose of Vedanta? The purpose of

Vedanta is vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyam. You have to understand

Krsna. So if you simply think of Krsna, then you are greatest

Vedantist. Greatest Vedantist. ….


48. 730410SB.NY                    Lectures                 

seeing. Others, they do not understand that Krsna is the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, but the Pandavas, and the Pandavas' mother,

they know that "Here is Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

Alaksyam. Just like Krsna was exhibiting His virad-rupa in the

battlefield of Kuruksetra. Only Arjuna was seeing, nobody else.

   So God reveals Himself to the devotee.


49. 740928SB.MAY                   Lectures                  ↑

plunderers. That is the statement in the Srimad-Bhagavatam.          

Dasyu-dharmabhih. The government men will be all dasyu. Dasyu means  

plunderer. Not pickpocket. Pickpocket, somehow or other, if you do not

understand, takes something from your pocket, and the plunderer, or  

the dasyu, he catches you and by force, "If you don't spare your     

money, I shall kill you." They are called dasyu.                     

   So the, in the present age of Kali, the government men will be    

dasyu. This is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Dasyu-dharmabhih. You

can, we can see practically. You cannot keep your money. You earn with

hard labor, but you cannot keep gold, you cannot keep jewelry, you   

cannot keep money. And... They will take it away by laws. So they make

law that…..

… Thirty-three millions of planetsand thirty-three millions of rulers. So He wants His representative.   So it is the duty of the representative of Krsna to reform these

condemned persons to Krsna consciousness. This is their duty. Krsna

wants that "These rascals, these condemned persons, who are suffering

…   So it is the duty of the representative of Krsna to reform these

condemned persons to Krsna consciousness. This is their duty. Krsna

wants that "These rascals, these condemned persons, who are suffering

in this material world, and they cannot understand that 'We are

suffering...' They are making plan. No plan will be successful." Daivi

hy esa gunamayi mama maya duratyaya. You can make your plan, but it

will never be successful. The only plan will be successful. What is

that? Mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te. That is the only

plan. There is no other plan. But these rascals, they are being put

into severe penalties. Duhkhalayam asasvatam. More and mo... The more

they are forgetting God, they are put in, they are put into more and

more miserable condition. Practically we see, with the advancement

Kali-yuga, people are forgetting his relationship with Krsna, and the

price of commodity and the food grains, the price is increasing. They

cannot eat sufficiently. So many people are dying of starvation. If

they cannot eat, how they will live?

   Therefore Krsna gives His instruction. He's the supreme ruler. He

gives this order: annad bhavanti bhutani: "You require food grains."

This is practical. Who will disagree with Krsna, that "We don't

require food grains; we require bolts and nuts in the factory"? Who

will say? This is practical. So they do not... Just like we see here

that, that they do not grow food grains. They are growing jute because

they will get some money, more money. But the rascal does not know

that "I will get more money, and it will be taken away next by the

food grain seller." So similarly, we are interested in industry, in

plan-making, this, that, so many things. But Krsna does not say that

"You open slaughterhouse and industries and brothels and cinema." No.

Krsna does not say. Krsna says, "Grow more food, rascal! You'll eat

and become strong." And nobody is obeying Krsna. Is it not?

Practically try to understand Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavata. Not

by sentiment. And preach this philosophy all over the world.


50. 710409SB.BOM                   Lectures                 

Premanjana-cchurita. By prema... Prema means love. The ointment of

love, when it is smeared over the eyes, then those who are devotees,

santah, saintly persons, they can see always Krsna within his heart.

Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti. Antah. And bahih, so far experience, that

he sees everything. One who is lover of God, he can see Krsna in

everything. Whatever he sees, he sees Krsna there, because he knows

that "This thing is produced out of Krsna's energy." Take for example

a flower. A devotee sees a flower produced by Krsna's energy. He sees

the beauty of flower, appreciating Krsna's artistic sense. When he

hears the sweet voice of a bird, he immediately understands that

"Krsna is speaking so nicely through this bird." This is called Krsna

consciousness. Everywhere he sees. Antar bahih.

   So if one comes to this platform to understand Krsna or to see

Krsna within and without... (break) ...by Krsna consciousness. One who

will see Krsna within and without always, twenty-four hours. Nothing,

he will see nothing. The others, they will simply say, "Where is God?

God is dead. Can you show me God?" Such persons will never be able to

understand what is God because they want to see God by challenging.

That is not possible. God is not visible by challenging. Simply by

love and surrender. Then God can be seen.


51. 710409SB.BOM                   Lectures                 

   So that sannyasi and this sannyasi is different. Anasritah

karma-phalam karyam karma karoti, sa sannyasi. So this sannyasi can be

accepted even in grhastha life, even in householder life. Because in

one sense, all these boys and girls who are working for Krsna, they

have no other desire. They are all sannyasis because they have no

desire to achieve any result out of their work. The only thing they

want: the krsna-bhakti, how Krsna will be satisfied. They are engaged

in preaching work because they want to satisfy Krsna. Krsna says,

sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. They are teaching all

over the world the same principles, the same philosophy, that "Please

surrender unto Krsna and you will be happy." That is their message.

They have no other message. Therefore anasritah karma-phalam karyam

karoti. They are all sannyasis.

   So out of... Of course, because Lord Caitanya accepted this

sannyasa, so we are maintaining that system, but actual point of

sannyasa is not mukti, but satisfy Krsna. That is sannyasa, how Krsna

will be satisfied, how Krsna's representative will be satisfied.

Because we have to work under Krsna's representative. Anything we

work, if we want to be expert, then we have to work under some expert.

Therefore we accept guru. We do not serve Krsna directly..


52. 740929SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

Prabhupada: Yes. That is... And in Sanskrit, as in English it is A to

Z, similarly in Sanskrit, a, a, i, u, and the end is ksa. So a and

ksa, that is called aksa. Aksa-ja. And ja means generated. So we also

compose words, those who are Sanskrit scholars, they compose words

from a to aksa, just like English they compose words from A to Z.

   So our mental speculation and advancement of education is limited

between this a and ksa, aksa. Aksa-ja. But Krsna is adhoksaja.

Adhoksaja means where these kinds of speculation, beginning from a to

ksa, will not act. Therefore His name is Adhoksaja. Adhah krta, cut

down. (aside:) Why they are going? They are busy in some other work?

Eh? Ugra-karma. Without hearing, what he will do, nonsense? Sravanam

kirtanam, this is our main business. Sravanam. If you don't hear, what

you will do? You will do simply sense gratification. That's all.

   So this is difficulty, that we are not very much interested in

hearing. And that is the main business. Our bhakti begins: sravanam

kirtanam visnoh. We have to hear and we have to speak. But if we are

not interested in hearing and speak, then it will be the same

thakura-bari(?), simply formula. That's all. And gradually it will be

stopped. Unless there is life of sravanam kirtanam, these big, big

buildings, temples, will become burden. So if we are, if we want to

create burden for future, then we may give up this hearing and

chanting and sleep very nicely. It will be burden. Galagraha. Not

sri-vigraha, but galagraha. Galagraha. Sri-vigraha means worshipable

Deity. So if we give up this sravanam kirtanam visnoh, then it will be

thought that "Our Guru Maharaja has given a burden in the neck,

galagraha." This is the danger. So we must be very much alert in

sravanam kirtanam. Otherwise all this labor will be futile. This

building will be only the nest, nest for the doves and the pigeons.

That is the danger. That is being done. Nobody is interested. Such,

such things...

   Now, who is, who can understand Krsna? There are so many

impediments. One side, there is curtain of maya; another side,

everyone is a rascal and fool; and another side, Krsna is beyond your

sense perception. This is the position. How much one must be alert.

Then one can understand. Just like the Gosvamis. Is Krsna is so easy

thing to be understood? But there is process. So if we do not adopt

the process, then how we can understand Krsna? These are the so many

difficult things. One side, one thing is the maya is checking. Maya is

trying to put stumbling block for your advancement of spiritual life.

Maya-javanikacchannam. And the other side, we are all fools and

rascals. And the, again, Krsna is adhoksaja, beyond the range of sense

perception. This is the position.

   So unless we become very serious to understand Krsna, it is very,

very difficult to understand Krsna. Maya-javanikacchannam. On the one

side, Kunti says, antar bahir avasthitam: "Krsna, You are within..."

Isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese. Krsna is not far away. Krsna is

always with you. He, He's so friendly that just like two birds... It

is said in the Upanisads: the one bird is eating the fruit of the

tree; another bird is simply guiding and seeing. Because this material

world, living entity wanted to enjoy. Just like you have seen that the

dog and the master. The master is so friendly to the dog out of love.

It is a dog, but when it is passing stool, he's waiting. Why? Is the

duty of the master to wait because the dog is passing stool? No. Out

of love. Out of love. We can see from practical example. Similarly...

The master may be a great millionaire, but still, he loves the dog so

much that on the morning walk he takes his dog and the dog is passing

urine... What, what business dog has got? To pass urine and stool and

go this way and that way. But the master is attending. Similarly, God,

or Krsna, is so affectionate that we have come here in this material

world simply to pass stool and urine, still He's attending. Still,

He's attending. Just imagine what merciful is Krsna….

…what you want more. Sarvasya caham hrdi sannivistah. Krsna says, "I am

sitting in everyone's heart." Why? "Just to give him the facilities.

This rascal living being has come to the material world to till the

field to get some result. All right. Let him do that." Just like

children play on the beach, do all nonsense, and the father sees, "All

right, you have finished your business? Come on." So Krsna is like

that. He is simply seeing. We are acting so nonsensically, and Krsna

is giving us... The same way, a dog passing stool and urine, the

master is attending. Or the father is seeing. The children are playing

on the beach. They're making big, big house on the sand, and it has

nothing, no value, but Krs..., the father is giving the opportunity,

"All right, do it."

…value of this eye? Therefore Krsna says, "Yes, you can see Me, but

according to My direction. You see Me: raso 'ham apsu kaunteya. You

can see. It is very easy for you. You see Me in the water. While you

taste, while you drink water, you see Me. I am the taste." So you are,

everyone drinks water, and we get some taste. Otherwise why he's

drinking water. So that taste, if you remember that "Here is Krsna,"

simply by tasting water, simply by drinking water, if you follow

Krsna's instruction, one day you'll be a devotee. Krsna is so kind.

Simply by drinking water. Simply we have to know how to see Krsna.

…power, then more power, more power. So... But they'll not take the

instruction of Krsna, the instruction of spiritual master. So they

want to remain mudha-drsa, rascal and fool. And still they want to see

Krsna. This is the difficulty. Na laksyase mudha-drsa. If you do not

improve your eyes according to the direction of sastra...,

sadhu-sastra-guru, these three things, then how you'll see Krsna?

Krsna is saying. That is sastra. Sastra means what is said by the

Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is sastra. And guru. Guru says

the same thing. And sadhu says the same thing….

…   Sadhu-guru test means they do not change the words of Krsna. They

do not say, "Now I have manufactured something. Krsna says that 'You

can see Me in the taste of water.' I can say that you can see in this

way: 'You see me and you will see Krsna.' " Just (as) the Mayavadi

says, "You think of me." In the Aurobindo Ashram, there they have no

other business. The disciples are advised that "Whatever you like, you

can do. You should always think of Aurobindo." Just like Krsna says,

man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru. I inquired from the

inmates of the Aurobindo Ashram. So I (inquired,) "What do you do?"

"That we think of Aurobindo." They are... Because Aurobindo thinks

that he is Krsna. As Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah, so they

advise that "You think of me." So the inmates, they think and smoke

bidi and cigarette. That's all. I have seen it. So these things are

going on. Mudha-drsa. If we want to remain mudha-drsa, then it will be

difficult for us to see Krsna. We have dedicated our life to see

Krsna, to talk with Krsna, to play with Krsna, to have Krsna as our

son, to have Krsna as our friend, to Krsna as our lover. If this is

our ambition, then we should not remain a mudha-drsa, foolishly...

…condition. Pranipatena, sampurna, fully surrendered. Otherwise there

is no meaning of making a guru. It is not like that, a pet dog, that

"Everyone makes guru, and let me guru, let me have a guru." But that

is not the... Guru means first of all the condition is pranipata,

fully surrendered. Not that "If I like, then I shall carry your order.

And if I don't like, then I shall not do it." That is not acceptance

of guru. Pranipata. First of all, we must agree. So because friends

and friends talking... A friend may agree with his friend. He may not

agree with... That is friendly talk. But Arjuna became sisyas te 'ham:

"I am now Your sisya, disciple. Now there is no question of

disagreeing with You. Whatever You'll say, I will accept." So at last

Krsna said, "Surrender unto Me." And Arjuna did it. That is the whole

purpose of Bhagavad-gita. He changed his decision.

…   So the... It is the process. During lecture time, if we don't care

to hear or we do other things or take rest, that is not very good

sign. We should be very much careful. Then we shall remain mudha-drsa.

Nato natyadharo yatha. We have taken the vow to see Krsna or to

understand Krsna. We should be very, very serious and do the needful.

Then our life will be successful.

   Thank you very much. Hare Krsna. (end)


53. 730412SB.NY                    Lectures                 

   So in the beginning, if you take to Krsna consciousness, there will

be so many disturbances by the maya. Maya will test you how far you

are fixed up. She will test you. She is also agent of Krsna. She does

not allow anyone who is meant for disturbing Krsna. Therefore she

tests very rigidly whether you are..., you have taken Krsna

consciousness to disturb Krsna, or you are actually serious. That is

maya's business. So there will be in the beginning test by maya, and

you will feel so much disturbances in making progress in Krsna

consciousness. But if you remain steady... Steady means if you follow

the rules and regulations and chant sixteen rounds, then you will

remain steady. And if you neglect, then maya will capture you,

immediately. Maya is always ready. We are in the ocean. At any moment,

we will be disturbed. So therefore one who is not disturbed at all, he

is called paramahamsa.


54. 740930SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

many people. Therefore temple is required. Temple is required. The

innocent persons, those who are neophyte, for them, temple worship is

essential. By seeing the Deity, by offering obeisances to the Deity,

by taking caranamrta, by ringing the bell, by dancing, by taking

little prasadam, by touching the feet of Vaisnava or touching the body

of Vais..., in this way they're getting piety. This chance is given

therefore to the ordinary... There is no question of becoming muni in

the beginning. How it, one can be? It is not possible.


55. 740930SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

kind of... We understand revolution means political revolution. One

kind of political thoughts are overpowered by another kind of

political thoughts. That is called revolution. So the English word is

revolution, and the Sanskrit word is viplava. So tad-vag-visargo

janatagha-viplavah. If such literatures are presented... Just like we

are presenting. We are not very big scholar. Our... We have no such

qualification that we can compose very nice literature. There may be

so many mistakes or... Whatever it may be. But it is revolutionary.

That is a fact. It is revolutionary. Otherwise, why big, big scholars,

professors, university authorities, librarians, they are taking? They

are thinking they know that this literature will revolutionize the

whole world. Because there is, in the Western world, there is no such

thought. They agree. So why it is revolutionary? Because there is an

attempt to glorify Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Nothing

more. There is no literary career.


56. 730414SB.LA                    Lectures                 

So I shall request even the drunkards... In your country, there are many

drunkards. There is no scarcity. So if you'll kindly remember when

drinking wine that this nice taste of drinking is Krsna... Just begin

with it. You'll come out one day a saintly person, Krsna conscious.

It's so nice, practical.


57. 730414SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Throughout the whole world, whatever knowledge is there, in the

Srimad-Bhagavatam, everything is there. There is literature, there is

poetry, there is philosophy, there is religion, there is love of

Godhead, there is astronomy. Everything is there. Srimad-bhagavatam

amalam puranam. Vidya bhagavatavadhih. If one simply reads this

Srimad-Bhagavatam, his education is the topmost. Vidya

bhagavatavadhih. There is something topmost, ultimate. So for

education, vidya, this Srimad-Bhagavatam. If one studies

Srimad-Bhagavatam, he is well versed in every subject matter.


58. 730413SB.NY                    Lectures                 

   The Bhagavata says don't waste your time for this bread problem.

Don't waste your time. Tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido na labhyate yad

bhramatam upary adhah. Don't waste your time how to solve your

economic problems. This is nonsense. Of course, it is very

revolutionary. People will hate me. "What Swamiji's speaking?" But

actually this is the fact. This is another madness. Suppose you have

got your rich father, enough food. Where is your economic problem?

This is madness. There is no economic problem. If you are, if you know

that "My father is the richest man of the city," then where is my

economic problem? Actually, that is the position. We have no economic

problem. Everything is there, complete. Purnam adah purnam idam purnat

purnam udacyate. Everything is complete there. You want water. Just

see: there are oceans of water. You want purified water. You cannot.

Although the ocean water's so much, when there is scarcity of water,

you have take help of Krsna. He'll evaporate the water, He'll make it

cloud. Then when it falls down, then it becomes sweet. Otherwise you


cannot touch. Everything under control. Everything is full--water,

light, heat. Everything is complete. Purnat purnam udacyate, purnasya

purnam adaya purnam evavasisyate. His stock is never finished. Simply

you become obedient and the supply is there. You can understand.


59. 730413SB.NY                    Lectures                 

   So we should take to this Krsna consciousness movement according to

the sastra. Sri... I am very pleased that you are doing nicely,

dressing the Deity very nicely. More and more, in this way offer Krsna

nice prasadam, nice foodstuff, nice dress. Keep the temple very clean.

Sri-mandira-marjanadisu. Marjana means cleansing. Either you dress

Krsna or cleanse the temple, the effect is the same. Don't think that

"I am a cleanser and he is a dresser." No. The dresser and the

cleanser are the same. Krsna is Absolute. In any way, be engaged in

Krsna's service. Your life will be successful. This is Krsna

consciousness movement.


60. 741001SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

are different kinds of yogas: karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dhyana-yoga,

hatha-yoga, many others. Yoga means "contact" or "having connection."

So bhakti-yoga means directly connection with Krsna, or God. That is

bhakti-yoga. Other yogas, they are not directly connected.

   Karma-yoga... Yoga means connection with Krsna, or God, but when

there is the word karma-yoga, it is adulterated. It is not pure yoga.

Karma-yoga means,


                        yat karosi yad asnasi

                        yaj juhosi dadasi yat

                        yat tapasyasi kaunteya

                       tat kurusva mad-arpanam


That is karma-yoga. Whatever you doing... In the beginning one cannot

take to pure bhakti-yoga. Therefore karma-yoga is recommended: "Never

mind whatever you doing. In that position you can become a devotee."

Karma-yoga, that is. People are interested with different types of

work. So therefore Krsna says, yat karosi. "Never mind whatever you

are doing." So how it becomes karma-yoga? Now, kurusva tad

mad-arpanam: "You give it to Me." Suppose you are doing business, and

you are earning lots of money. So Krsna says, "All right, go on. You

are attached to business. You go on doing that. But the money earned

out of your business, you give it to Me." This is karma-yoga, not that

you earn money and spend for your sense gratification. That is not

karma-yoga. The rascals, they are saying this is karma-yoga. For sense

gratification they are using, and that is karma-yoga. No. That is not

karma-yoga. Here is karma-yoga: "It doesn't matter, whatever you are

doing, but the ultimate result, you give it to Me."

..   In another place, Krsna says, karmany evadhikaras te ma phalesu

kadacana: "You can go on. You can go on with your business, but don't

expect the fruit of the business." Ma phalesu. He indirectly says,

"The fruit should be given to Me." Ma phalesu kadacana: "Don't expect

the fruit." Suppose you grow a nice mango tree, and there will be

fruit, nice fruit. So according to Bhagavad-gita, it is said, ma

phalesu kadacana: "You don't take the fruits." "Oh? Such a nice mango

tree I have nourished in so many years. Now the fruit is there, and

Krsna says, ma phalesu kadacana: 'Don't take the fruit.' Then who will

take the fruit? It is will rot? It will fall down on the ground, and

it will rot?" No. The idea is "You don't take, but you give it to Me."

This is karma-yoga. It is not that it should be wasted. So that is

karma-yoga. So those who are karmis, very much attached to material

activities, for them, this karma-yoga is recommended. Some way or

other, be connected with Krsna. It is not so meant... It is very great

achievement that you work hard earn money and give it to Krsna. That

is a great sacrifice. So by karma-yoga, also, you can satisfy...

….through his scientific knowledge. Similarly, if you are a medical man,

you can explain also Krsna through medical science. If you are

engineer, you can explain also Krsna through engineering. Krsna can be

explained. But the person who is explaining, he must be intelligent.

Because Krsna is everything, so simply we must have the intelligence

how to explain engineering and come to the conclusion of Krsna. Sri

Caitanya Mahaprabhu was doing that. He was teaching grammar. So when

there was question of dhatu, He was explaining Krsna. So the students,

some of the students, they did not like that explanation. So therefore

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had to wind up His school because they did not


   So Krsna can be... Krsna is everything. Simply one must have

sufficient knowledge how to see Krsna through everything. That is

maha-bhagavata. Sarvatra haya nija ista-deva-sphurti. Whatever he

sees, Krsna, because actually Krsna is everything. So there...,


61. 730415SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So Hrsikesa. Krsna is the supreme controller. Hrsika. Hrsika means

senses. So we are enjoying our senses, but ultimately the controller

is Krsna. Suppose this is my hand. I'm claiming it is my hand: "I

shall give you a good fist on your..." I'm very much proud. But I am

not controller. The controller is Krsna. If you, if He withdraws the

power of the activity of your arm, you become paralyzed. Although you

are claiming, "It is my hand. I shall use it," but when it is

paralyzed, you cannot do anything. Therefore I may have possessed this

hand by the grace of Krsna, but I am not the controller. That is Krsna

consciousness. Therefore a sane man will think that ultimately if this

hand is to be controlled by Krsna. Then it meant for Krsna. This is

the common sense understanding. I am claiming that "This is my hand,

this is my leg, this is my ear." Even children says. You ask the

children, "What is this?" "It is my hand." But we may claim, but

actually it is not our hand. It is given for... Because I wanted to

use my hands in so many ways, Krsna has given: "All right, you take

this hand. Use it." So it is gift of Krsna.

   Therefore a sane man is always conscious that "Whatever I have got

in my possession, first of all, this body and senses, they are

actually not mine. I have given all these possessions for utility. So

if ultimately everything belongs to Krsna, why it is not utilized for

Krsna?" That is Krsna consciousness…


62. 741003SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

sun-god," and Arjuna became doubtful: "What Krsna is saying? He is my

contemporary. I do not know how He knows." So he questioned that

"Krsna, how can I believe You, that you spoke this, this philosophy to

the sun-god millions and millions of...?" So Krsna explained, "Yes, at

that time, you were also there because you are My constant friend. But

the difference is you have forgotten; I have not forgotten. That is

the difference." Svarat. Abhijnah. …


63. 741003SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

Just like that child, Sarasvati's, preaching, "Do you know Krsna?" He

says, "No." "He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Simply say

like that, "He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead," and "Chant His

holy name, Hare Krsna." If you do this, then you are preacher; you are

spiritual master. It is so nice. You don't require to become very...

Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that yare dekha tare kaha krsna-upadesa. He

does not say that you become a learned Vedic scholar. That is the goal

of Vedic scholarship. If you simply know that Krsna is the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, then your Vedic study finished. You are M.A.,

doctor of Krsna philosophy, simply if you know this. You may not know

in details, but if you simply believe, firmly convinced, that "Krsna

is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is my master. He is my

savior," in this way, if you accept, then you become perfect, and you

become liberated…


64. 741004SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

the responsibility to raise the fatherless children. So Dhrtarastra

took charge as the eldest member. So maya is very strong. He began to

think that "Actually this kingdom belongs to me. I am the eldest son,

but because I am born blind, therefore it was given to my younger

brother. Now he is dead. Now he's dead, so the property belongs to me.

Some way or other, it was transferred to my younger brother. Now the

younger brother is dead. Then again I become proprietor. So at least I

could not rule over the kingdom, why not my sons?" This was the

beginning.    Just like one of our Godbrothers, he's thinking that "This

institution was started by me and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati as

partners. Now the senior partner is dead. Therefore I am the sole

proprietor. Who are these Godbrothers? Let them go away." So this is

maya, the same maya Dhrtarastra was thinking.


65. 741004SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

 Padam padam yad vipadam. This we always remember. We

should not be so fool that "I am living very now comfortably." No,

sir. You are in danger. That is said by Krsna. Duhkhalayam asasvatam.

You do not take this material existence as comfortable at any moment.

Then you'll not be able to make progress in spiritual life. As soon as

you think that "I am very comfortable here," then you are spiritually

fall down. That is maya. As soon as...


… The Battle of Kuruksetra was forced upon the Pandavas by

the Kurus. Still, Arjuna was not willing to kill them. Just see. He's

Vaisnava. He never thought of, that "My, these cousin-brothers, they

have given us so much trouble. Why I shall be sympathetic upon them?"

No. Still, he was sympathetic. Why? Now, because he was a Vaisnava.

That is Vaisnava. Para-duhkha-duhkhi krpambudhir yas tam aham

prapadye. Vaisnava is so tolerant. They suffer; still, they do not

want others' suffering. So this is Vaisnava.


66. 730417SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Dehantaram means you have to accept another body. If you do not know

what kind of body you are going to get... You can know it. That is

stated in the sastra, that if you have got such and such mentality,

you get such and such body. So in a comfortable position, if I keep

myself in the dog's mentality, then I am going to get my next life as

dog. Then what is the value of this comfortable position….

   Therefore we give different varieties of engagement, Krsna

consciousness. We should not divert our energy. Now when we are

selling book, that is Krsna consciousness. We are selling book. But if

we think that the selling book may be diverted into selling jewelry,

that is not very good idea. That is not very good idea. Then we become

again jeweler. Punar musika bhava. Again become mouse. …


   Therefore Bhismadeva, while he was dying... He was grandfather of

the Pandavas. So when the Pandavas came to see him on his deathbed, so

he cried that: "These boys, my grandsons, they're all very pious.

Maharaja Yudhisthira, the topmost pious person. His name is

Dharmaraja, the king of religiosity. He is the eldest brother. And

Bhima and Arjuna, they are devotees and so great hero. They can kill

thousands of men. They're so powerful. So Yudhisthira, Yudhisthira is

there, and Bhima is there. Arjuna is there, and Draupadi is directly

the Goddess of Fortune. There was this injunction that wherever

Draupadi will be there, there will be no scarcity of food. In this

way, the combination was so nice and over and above them, Krsna is

always with them, and still they are suffering." So he began to cry

that: "I do not know what is the arrangement of Krsna that such pious

men, such devotees, they are also suffering."

   So don't think that: "Because I have become a devotee, there will

be no danger, no suffering." Prahlada Maharaja suffered so much. The

Pandavas suffered so much. Haridasa Thakura suffered so much. But we

should not be disturbed by those sufferings. We must have firm faith,

firm conviction that: "Krsna is there. He'll give me protection."

Kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati. Don't try to take

benefit of other shelter than Krsna. Always take to Krsna.


67. 730420SB.LA                    Lectures                 

So as soon as we employ ourself in the service of the Lord, immediately we become

liberated. Immediately. there is no question of passing through some

process. This very process, to engage oneself, engage one's senses in

the service of the Lord, means he is liberated.


68. 741008SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

   So samam carantam... This God is equally kind, equally merciful,

but we fight. We, I mean to say, disagree in religious principle. That

is due to Kali. Not this Kali. Kali means due to our fighting spirit.

It is not God. God is equal to everyone. We fight because we have got

misconception. So we think that this religion is better than that

religion, or that religion is better than... Every religion must be

good, provided one is God conscious. We say that. So many people

question in the Western countries, "Whether one can attain perfection

by following Christian religion?" Why not? You can also attain. But

who is following? First of all, let me see who is following Christian

religion. The Christian religion says in the beginning, first

commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," and you are simply killing. So

where is Christian? Christian religion is not bad. No religion is bad.

But where is Christian? Where is Hindu? They are all godless rascals.

Therefore there is misunderstanding. Otherwise, if everyone is God

conscious, if everyone knows that God is present everywhere, "Whatever

I do, He will see. He'll see as sunshine. He'll see as moonshine.

He'll see as water..." Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya. No... Who can avoid

water? Who can avoid sunshine? Who can avoid moonshine? Nobody can. So

God says, "These things are I am." Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhasmi



69. 741009SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

Canakya Pandita says, candala-vesmani. Candala means untouchable, the

dog-eaters. In the Vedic conception, the dog-eaters are untouchable.

Actually they should be untouchable. Meat-eaters are untouchable,

especially... There are different kinds of meat-eaters. Some eat the

goats, some mutton, some cows, some hogs, and some dogs. Just like the

Hindus: they eat goats, but they do not eat cows. Some religious

conception. And the Muhammadans, they use, eat cows, but they do not

eat pigs. Harama. The Muhammadans say, "To eat pig is harama." So

everyone has got some distinction. But the candalas, they eat

everything, up to the dogs. We have seen in Korea. And in China also,

they eat dogs. Here, in India, Assam side, there are dog-eaters. So

there are different kinds of flesh-eaters. And you'll find in Ayur

Vedic dravya-gana, there are so many different types of meats and

fleshes described, and the eating such flesh, what benefit or harm is

there, that is described. So formerly, how they were analyzed.


70. 730422SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   There was a caricature-picture in some paper. Perhaps you remember.

From Montreal or here, I don't remember. One old lady and her husband,

sitting, face to face. The lady is requesting the husband: "Chant,

chant, chant." And the husband is answering: "Can't, can't, can't." So

this is going on. We are requesting everyone: "Please chant, chant,

chant." And they are replying: "Can't, can't." This is their

misfortune. This is their misfortune.

   So still it is our duty to make all these misfortunate, unfortunate

creatures fortunate. That is our mission. We therefore go in the

street and chant. Although they say: "Can't," we go on chanting. That

is our business. And, somehow or other, we push on some literature in

his hand. He is becoming fortunate. He would have squandered his

hard-earned money in so many nasty, sinful ways, and if he purchases

one book, never mind what is the price, his money is properly

utilized. The beginning of Krsna consciousness is there. Because he is

giving some money, hard-earned money, for this Krsna consciousness

movement, he is getting some spiritual profit. He's not losing. He's

getting some spiritual profit. Therefore our business is, somehow or

other, bring everyone in this Krsna consciousness movement. He will be



71. ■741010SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

But the purpose is this that... Visnu-sahasra-nama is recommended to

be chanted by common man. But sastra says that after chanting one

thousand of Lord Visnu's name--there are hundreds and thousands of

names--it is equal to if you chant once Lord Rama's name. Similarly,

if you chant three times Lord Rama's name, then it is equal to once

chanting Krsna's name. So we understand or not understand, if we chant

Hare Krsna, the result is there. Without any offense, if we chant,

then the result is... Once chanting of Krsna's name is so powerful

that immediately the chanting makes you free from all kinds of

reaction of sinful activities. Eka krsna-name yata papa hare, papi

haya tata papa kari bare nare(?). The papis, they are very much expert

in committing sinful activities, but Krsna, this holy name, once

chanted, is so powerful that this expert sinful man cannot commit so

many crim..., I mean to say, sinful activities. This is there. So some

way or other, if we offenselessly chant Hare Krsna name, it is so



72. 741011SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

 The Vallabhacarya made a book of Krsna's various names. And

he came to Caitanya Mahaprabhu to request Him to hear that how he has

described Krsna's name. At that time, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said

that "I know Krsna's two names: Syamasundara and Yasodanandana."

Syamasundara, "beautiful Syama, Krsna." Yam syamasundaram

acintya-guna-svarupam. He's not syama--syama means blackish--but at

the same time, the most beautiful. Here in this material world, if

somebody is blackish, he cannot be called beautiful. But Krsna,

although He is blackish, He is sundaram, very, very beautiful. How

much sundaram? Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham. Kandarpa-koti. If

you keep one side millions of Cupids, still, Krsna will appear more

beautiful. Just like we sing, nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala.

Koti, millions of moons together, they cannot be so peaceful and cool

as the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda. These examples are given in the

sastra. They are not exaggeration but actual fact. And we have to take

it in good faith. Then we'll make advance in spiritual life.

Otherwise, if we think these things are exaggeration in the sastras or

by the devotees, that is aparadha, offense….


There is one thing, bhaya. Everyone is afraid of something. That is called bhaya. So there is the personified bhaya, bhih. So he's also afraid of Krsna. Because Krsna

is the supreme being, controller, isvarah paramah krsnah, so He can

control... Just like the superintendent of police. So everyone is

afraid of the superintendent of police. Especially those criminals,

they are very much afraid. But why the governor should be afraid of

the police superintendent? As that is not possible, that is unnatural,

similarly, if there is any director of the fear department in the

kingdom of Krsna, so he's afraid of Krsna because everyone is servant.

Ekale isvara krsna ara saba bhrtya. Whoever may be... Just like

Goddess Kali. She is personified fear. Just see, just imagine the

bodily feature of Goddess Kali. She is killing all the asuras. So many

asuras has been killed that all their heads have been made into a

garland, and she is putting on the shoulder. And one asura killed, and

she has taken the head in the left hand. And the other hand is engaged

with the, what is called, chopper? Khanga. What is the English of

khanga? Devotee (2): Sword?

Prabhupada: Yes. And the, she's standing, bhih, bhir api. Bhih means

personified, personified fearfulness. So those who are criminals, they

worship Kali, Goddess Kali: "Mother, please excuse me. I, I am

criminal. I'll give you one goat."

   So these things are going on in the name of worshiping God. But

that is not God worship. That is worshiping the fearful personified by

the criminals. Just Durga... Kali is expansion of Durga.

position, dasi. Mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te. The

bhih, the fearful feature of Krsna's potency, can only excuse you when

you are surrendered to Krsna. Otherwise, you have to suffer these

material pangs. …


73. 730424SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Prabhupada: So there are two Malayas. One Malaya hill and one, this

Malaya... Malaysia, now it is known as. Formerly, in this part of the

world, Malaysia, they were growing sandalwood in great, large scale.

Because 5,000 years ago, there was good demand for sandalwood. Every

person should use the sandal pulp. Because in India, it is tropical

country. So this is a good cosmetic. Still, those who can afford

during very warm day of summer season, if you apply pulp of sandalwood

on your body, you feel no warm. It is cool. Yes.

   So it was the system... Still that is going on, but a very small

scale. That everyone, after taking bath, he should smear over the body

with sandalwood pulp. It will keep the body whole day nice, cool and

calm. So that was the cosmetic. Now, in the Kali-yuga, that is called

prasadhanam. Just like, every country, the system is, after taking

bath, you dress your hair, add something scented. So in India it was

the system that after taking bath, having tilaka, going to the Deity

room, offering obeisances, then the prasadam, candana-prasadam was

taken from the Deity room and it was used. This is called prasadhanam.

In Kali-yuga, in the, it is said that: snanam eva hi prasadhanam. If

one can take bath nicely, that is prasadhanam. So much. No more this

cosmetic or sandalwood oil or rose scent or rose water. These are

finished. That snanam eva prasadhanam. Simply by, taking bath...

…   So it is not our business to criticize, but the symptoms of

Kali-yuga is very, very severe, and it will grow more and more. We

have simply passed 5,000 years only of the Kali-yuga, but the duration

of Kali-yuga is 400,000, 432,000 of years, out of only we have passed

5,000 years. And after passing 5,000 years, we find so many

difficulties, and the more we grow in this Kali-yuga, the days will be

more and more difficult. So best thing is that you finish your Krsna

consciousness business and go back to home, back to Godhead. That will

save you. Otherwise, if we come back again, the difficulties, the

difficult days are ahead. We have to suffer more and more.


74. 741012SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

understanding aham brahmasmi, this will not... Suppose if you have got

money, and you are aware that you are very rich man. So simply

thinking that you are very rich man and you see your money in the

treasury, you'll be happy? No. When the money is utilized in so many

ways for your gratification, then you are happy. Similarly, simple

understanding, aham brahmasmi, this realization, will not make you

happy. You have to utilize his Brahman's position. That means bhakti.


75. 741012SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

   So our business is not to realize simply that "I... aham

brahmasmi." That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, brahma-bhutah

prasannatma. When you understand that you are not this body but you

are spirit soul, then, actually, if you realize, then, if I

understand... Na jayate na mriyate va. The soul does not die. Then

here the karmis are working very hard because he's upset that "If I do

not work hard, if I do not get money, then I shall die out of

starvation." But if you are actually Brahman realized, if you

understand that "I'll not die," then where is your activities? You'll

not die. If somebody, some physician, gives you a tablet: "Now you

take this tablet. You'll not die," then you'll stop working

immediately, because "I'll not die." So brahma-bhutah prasannatma.

"That is all right. Now I am spirit soul. I understand I will never

die." That is prasannatma. Na socati na kanksati. There is no need of

lamentation. Samah sarvesu bhutesu. But mad-bhaktim labhate param. If

you do not take to devotional service, simply by realizing that you

are Brahman will not help. And by devotional service, you can become



76. 730426SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Prabhupada: No, you, it, find the difference that the dead body is

more weight. Why? Why? Because the spirit soul is not there. These are

experimented even by the scientists. So the, the, this world is

floating in the air because the spirit soul is within it. Therefore it

is floating. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita. Gam avisya. "I

enter and dharayamy aham ojasa." So as soon as the spirit soul will be

off, everything will be destroyed. The destruction of this cosmic

manifestation is like that.


77. 741014SB.BOM                   Lectures                 

   In each of them... Gam avisya. Dharayamy aham ojasa. Krsna says in

the Bhagavad-gita that "I enter into each planetary system, each

universe, and by My power I hold it. It is floating." Why it is

floating? Because Krsna is there. The atheist may not believe it, but

it is a fact. It is a fact. How? Just like an animal or a man, while

he is living, he can float in the air or in the water. That everyone

has seen. But if the man is dead, it will not float. It will fall

down. Is it not a fact? So why it is floating? Because a very small

particle of Krsna's spiritual potency is there. That is living entity.

Big, big... An elephant, he can also float in the water, and the

horses, elephant, and what to speak of man? This is practical. Because

a small particle of the Supreme is there within this body... Dehino

'smin yatha dehe. Very small particle. How much small? One

ten-thousandth part of the top of the hair, so small. It has got so

power that it can hold the whole body floating in the air. Air...

There are very, very big, big birds. They are floating in the air,

very, very big eagle. They fly from one planet to another. Their

resting place is... They start from one planet, and they go and rest

in other planet. And they lay their eggs while flying. That eggs also

become a bird simply by air cohesion. That's all.


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death personified. Mleccha-nidhane. Mleccha means meat-eaters. Those

who are meat-eaters, fish-eaters, they are mlecchas. Mleccha-yavana,

they are called, according to Vedic... So people are becoming

meat-eaters nowadays. I have... There is no secrecy. Formerly, at

least in India, the meat-eaters used to eat meat very secretly. We had

seen in our childhood. If somebody will meat-eat, it was not allowed

within the house. They, formerly, rich men, they used to keep Muslim

servants as the caretaker of the horse or the carriage driver. So in

the (horse)(?) stable(?) they would secretly cook some meat, and the

so-called Babu, Zamindar, will eat. It was not allowed. And those who

are not rich men--poor men, sudra class--they would go to Kali-ghata,

and get one goat, sacrifice there, and cook there and eat, then come

back. Meat-eating was not at all allowed. The higher caste, especially

the brahmanas, they would never touch. Still in some provinces, in

Maharastra provinces, in Madras... Of course, they are now taking.

   So meat-eaters means mleccha. So now that is increasing,

meat-eaters. So when wholesale population will be meat-eaters,

mleccha, they'll not understand anything about spiritual matter--"Why

it is forbidden?" because the meat-eaters, they cannot understand

anything about spiritual matter. It is very difficult. Vina pasughnat.

                     nivrtta-tarsair upagiyamanad

                 bhavausadhac chrotra-mano-'bhiramat

                      ka uttamasloka-gunanuvadat

                    puman virajyeta vina pasughnat


This chanting of Hare Krsna maha-mantra is possible by a person who is

nivrtta-tarsa. Nivrtta-tarsa. Nivrtta means finished. Brahmany

upasamasrayam. We have to finish this material business before we can

understand spiritual thing. If one has got still inclination for

material things, it is useless waste of time for him to understand,

try to understand what is spiritual thing. So nivrtta-tarsair

upagiyamanat. Actually the holy name of Lord can be chanted by a

person like Haridasa Thakura, who has no other desire, material

desire. But those are not like Haridasa Thakura, they may take...

Bhavausadhi. If he chants, then gradually he'll be released from this

material disease. For them, this is the chance. Actually it is meant

for liberated person like Haridasa Thakura. Then why we are chanting?

We are chanting--ceto-darpana-marjanam--to cleanse our heart, to cure

the material disease.


79. 741015SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

   Here it is said that avidya-kama-karmabhih. By ignorance, they are

thinking by opening factories they will be happy. That is avidya. He

does not know that this is ignorance. Why you should open factory?

That is... This is called ugra-karma. There is no need of opening

factory. You have got land. Here are so many lands. You produce your

food grains. Annad bhavanti bhutani. You eat sumptuously food grain,

milk, and that will be available without any factory. The factory

cannot produce milk or food grain. The present scarcity of foodstuff

means everybody is engaged in the city, producing bolts and nuts. Who

is producing food grain? This is the solution of economic problem.

Annad bhavanti bhutani. Therefore we are trying to engage our men to

produce their own food. Be self-sufficient so that these rascals may

see that how one can live very peacefully, eating the food grains and

milk, and chant Hare Krsna. This is our mission.


80. 730428SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Nitya, daily. Not that aradhana after one week or one month. No.

Nitya, twenty-four hours. So you should have such program for

worshiping the Deity that you may be engaged twenty-four hours,

twenty-four hours. Sri-vigraharadhana-nitya, nitya-nana,

nitya-nana-srngara, dressing, decorating. Daily, new dress, or twice

new dress, or four times new dress. As much as you can. Srngara. This

is called srngara. Krsna is opulent, the most opulent enjoyer. And we

should supply. We should supply by which He can enjoy. Just like if

somebody gives me a new dress, so I say: "Oh, it is a new dress. Very

nice." So that is my enjoyment. Similarly if you satisfy Krsna daily a

very gorgeous dress Just like today I see it is very nice This kind of

dress should be supplied to Krsna. First-class clothing, first-class

Everything first-class. No third-class thing for Krsna. All

first-class. The gopis must be first class, the dress must be

first-class, the eating foodstuff must be first-class, the sitting

place must be first-class, more than first-class. That is called:

sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-srngara-tan-mandira -marjanadau.

Cleansing the temple as clean as glass, always. Everyone remarks this

that our temples are very clean. Yes. Temple means must be very clean.

The more you cleanse the temple, the more your heart becomes cleansed.

This is the process. The more you dress Krsna, you become satisfied.

At the present moment, we are accustomed to see my dress. "How costly

dress I have got, I become satisfied..." No. When by dressing Krsna

you'll feel satisfied, that is spiritual satisfaction. That is

spiritual satisfaction.


81. 730429SB.LA                    Lectures                 

see Krsna alone. (aside:) Why everyone is coughing? What is the

difficulty? Yesterday also I heard. What is the difficulty?

Devotee: I think there's a cold going around.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Devotee: I think there's a cold going around, a lot of people.

Prabhupada: But you have no sufficient warm cloth, so you are

affected? That you must arrange. You must take care of your health.

Yuktahara-viharasya yogo bhavati duhkha-ha. In the Bhagavad-gita it is

said, yuktahara. You should take food just to maintain your health

nicely. Similarly, other necessities of body must be taken care of. If

you become diseased, then you can execute Krsna consciousness? Just

like Brahmananda could not go today. So we must be careful. We should

not more or less. Better eat less than eat more. You'll not die by

eating less. But you may die eating more. People die for overeating,

not for undereating. This should be the principle. Here... Medical

science always forbids not to eat more than you require. Voracious

eating is the cause of diabetes, and undernourishment is the cause of

tuberculosis. This is the medical science. So we should not take

under, neither more. In children case, they can commit the mistake of

taking more, but adults, they cannot commit. This mistake, taking

more. Children, they can digest. All day they are playing.

   So anyway, we should take care of our health also. Sanatana

Gosvami, he was suffering from itches, very much, and Caitanya

Mahaprabhu was embracing him. So the, the itches were wet itches.

There are two kinds of itches, wet and dry. Sometimes itching spot is

dry, and sometimes it is wet. After itching, it becomes wet. So

Sanatana Gosvami's body was all covered with wet itches, and Caitanya

Mahaprabhu was embracing him. So the wetness, the moisture was

sticking to the body of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So he felt it very much

ashamed, that "I am suffering from itches, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu's

embracing, and the wet thing is smearing over the body. How much

unfortunate." So he decided that "Tomorrow I shall commit suicide

instead of allowing me to be embraced by Caitanya Mahaprabhu." So next

day Caitanya Mahaprabhu inquired that "You have decided to commit

suicide. So do you think this body is yours?" So he was silent.

Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that "You have already dedicated this body to

Me. How you can kill it?" Similarly... Of course, from that day, his

itches were all cured and... But this is the decision, that our body,

those who are Krsna conscious, those who are working for Krsna, they

should not think that the body belongs to him. It is already dedicated

to Krsna. So it must be kept very carefully, without any neglect. Just

like you are taking care of the temple because it is Krsna's place.

Similarly... We should not take overcare, but some care we should take

so that we may not fall diseased.

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